Cover Art














Ron Moss, AU

Book Flower

Cover Art—"trip drip"



Laryalee Fraser, CAHaiga; Shanna Baldwin Moore—Haiga; Pris Campbell—Haiga; Maya Lyubenova, BGHaiga; Gillena Cox, TT—Haiga; Allison Millcock—Haiga; Monica E. SmithHaiga; Ron MossHaiga, Gerald England—Haiga; an'ya—Haiga


Art of Saul Bernstein, US


The Way We See



Sketchbook Authors
February 29, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 2

an'ya, US
Hortensia Anderson, US
R. D. Armstrong, US
Ed Baker, US
Helen Bar-Lev, IL
Saul Bernstein, US
Gary Blankenship, US
Gerry Bravi, CA
Marlene Buitelaar, NL
Tholana Ashok Chakravarthy, IN
James Dean Chase, US

Gillena Cox, TT
John Daleiden, US
Gerald England, UK
Hugh Fox, US
Judith Gorgone, US
Andreas Gripp, CA
Elizabeth Howard, US
Betty Kaplan, US
Larry Kimmel, US
Karina Klesko, US
Deborah P. Kolodji, US
Maya Lyubenova, BG
Mary Lee McClure, US
Shanna Baldwin Moore, US
Marlene Mountain, US
Yvonne Myers, US
Ron Moss, Au
Karen O'Leary, US
Zhanna P. Rader, US
Vaughn Seward, CA
Trish Shields, CA
Jeffrey Spahr-Summers, US
Brian Strand, UK
Craig Tigerman, US
Max Verhart, NL
Don Wiggins, US
Sheila Windsor, UK
A. D. Winans, US

A - M  Sketchbook Biographies

N - Z  Sketchbook Biographies


Writer's Handbook

The Whitney




Global Correspondents

Connecting to Trinidad

Lopinot: Then . . . and Now

by Gillena Cox



Connecting to  India

Bangalore, India

The Ninth World Haiku Festival, 23-25 February 2008

by Aju Mukhopadhyay



Connecting to South Africa

3: Culture Shock

by Jeff Spahr-Summers



Connecting to Israel

" and white and beautiful"

by Helen Bar-Lev



Connecting to Scotland

Tea Gowns or Shawls?

by Sally Evans




John Tiong Chunghoo, Malaysia
Gillena Cox, Trinidad
Sally Evans, Scotland
Helen Bar-Lev, Israel
Cristian Mocanu, Romania  
Aju Mukhopadhyay, India
Rita Odeh, Israel
Kala Ramesh, India
E. E. Sule, Nigeria

Various Correspondents will be featured from month to month.




Announcing March 2008 Kukai

For the March 2008 Kukai submit one to three HAIKU using the kigo: wind. The exact kigo words must be used in the haiku. No more than a total of three haiku may be submitted:



Subject:March08 wind Kigo

Submissions: Saturday, March 01, 2008 – Friday, March 21, 2008 Midnight.

Voting: Saturday, March 22, 2008 – Wednesday, March 26, 2008, Midnight.

The results will be published in the Monday, March 31, 2008 Sketchbook



Announcing March 2008 Haiku Thread

For March 2008 the theme of the monthly haiku thread is stars or constellations.  Writers may post an unlimited number of haiku to the Thread.

Subject Line: Mar08 stars haiku thread.
Deadline: Midnight Wednesday, March 26, 2008.



All Haiku received will be posted on-line at March 2008 Stars Haiku Thread.

The Sketchbook editors will select their Monthly Haiku Choice from this thread for publication in the Monday, March 31, 2008 Sketchbook.



Read the poems by genre

Acrostic, Cinqku, Cinquain, Crystalline, Dorsimbra, Fibonacci, Free Verse , Ghazal, Haibun, Haiku, Kyoka, Lanterne, Light Verse, Mondo, Pantoum, Rondeau, Sedoka, Shan-zi, Sijo, Sonnet, Stella Renga, Senryu, Tanka, Tetractys, Triolet


Sketchbook is an E-Journal for 
Eastern and Western Short Verse Forms

Submission deadline: 20th of each month

Sketchbook will be published on the last day of each month twelve times a year

Submissions are open to the general public.

Send to:
Subject: Submission + Genre(s) + Author Name

Read the complete submission guidelines



Sketchbook Special Features
February 29, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 2

Rengay Authors

Gerry Bravi, CA: Gillena Cox, TT; Betty Kaplan, US; Larry Kimmel,  ; Karina Klesko, US; Ron Moss, AU; Max Verhart, NL

Read the Rengay


Marlene Buitelaar, NL and Max Verhart, NLNude Study

Tri-Forked Zip Rengay

Karina Klesko, US

on her hat a flower

bobs along the hedgerow

Sprite, UK, Gary Blankenship, US, Mary Lee McClure, US
Paper Flower, The Hat, Enchanted Twilight

Gerald England

A Winter Haiga Series


Haiku Sequence

Yvonne Myers, US, Zhanna P. Rader, US, John Daleiden, US, James Dean Chase, USBroken Heart: A Haiku Sequence

Ron Moss, UK, Sheila Windsor, UK—Window: A Two Line Haiku Sequence


Three-Way Renhai

Hortensia Anderson, US and Zhanna P. Rader, US—Ice-Glazed Branches

Zhanna P. Rader, US and Vaughn Seward, CA—Hanging In There

Hortensia Anderson, US and Vaughn Seward, CA—Skaters Hold Hands

Report on the World Haiku Festival

Bangalore, IndiaFebruary 23-25, 2008


Karina Klesko, US, and Kevin Ryan, UKTanka Photo Haiga

John Daleiden, US and Zhanna P. Rader, USPathways: A Tanka Sequence


Zhanna P. RaderA Night Scare

Betty KaplanAnother Time

Karina KleskoConnecting Lives

Marlene Mountainshy impressions of a knee-worn traveler


Judith Gorgone, US and Karina Klesko, USIn The Wind: An Orange Renga

Karina Klesko, US and Judith Gorgone, USPurple Renga



Ed Baker, US

Visku—Visual Haiku

Haiga—kiss me


Photo Gallery

Shanna Baldwin MooreA Gallery of Venice Beach Photos


Sketchbook II  Vol. 1, No. 1 January 29, 2008

The editors are pleased to announce the launch of this new e-zine.


The OutlawPoets II

A. D. Winans, USFree Verse: Untitled, Road Rage, Untitled

Shanna Baldwin Moore, USchemical warfare

Pris Campbell, USIn A Flash

R. D. Armstrong, US—Too Soon

Shanna Baldwin Moore, US and Carl Huffington, USHaiga

Doug DraimeFree Verse: Questioning The Insane, earth bound: world, Road Gnats, After A Strange Conversation With
A Member Of Congress, Nonpolitical Poetry

John Yamrus, USFree Verse: there's a war going on, i make her a sandwich, some dumb shit

Terry McCarthy, USFree Verse: Mitt Romney's Lap Dance, Steve martin, An Encounter With Tom Cruise 11/1/07

Christopher Mulrooney, USFree Verse: the watcher, figuration nice, the old song, life in the big city, discourse of a plantation man, Terza Rima on Transitoriness

Victoria LockeSex Without Love

Tracy McPhersonFree Verse: At Last, A Winter Night

Lyn Lifshin—Free Verse from January Poems 2006: January 3, 2006, On The Metro To Ballet, January, Metro;  from Cove Point: Cove Point, Door Mat, Better To Just Let It Go

Ed JamiesonFree Verse:  Moment

Stosh MachekFree Verse: *quan yin lives in california*, *busy devil*


Sketchbook II Editors:

Karina Klesko

John Daleiden

Shanna Baldwin Moore



childwriter's cover

childwriter's contents: January 31, 2008: Vol. 1, No. 1

Brian Strand, UK—Vignette-on Two Levels

Michemon, JP—IllustratorChildren's Books: Gallery 1; Gallery 2; Michemon Biography is conducting an earth friendly and fun haiku contest to help kids learn to keep the planet clean and healthy!

The contest aims to promote the introduction of haiku into the curricula of elementary and junior high school, spread the enjoyment and teach a comprehensive understanding of poetic forms and environmental awareness, so important today.

The contest is open to individual students. Planetpals encourages this as a lesson plan or activity for schools, camps, organizations and homeschools. This contest starts on February 22, 2008 and closes on April 22, 2008. Click here for complete information.


"Kite" Kukai

     First Place: Lorin Ford, AU

     Second Place: Bill Kenney, US

     Third Place: Melissa Spurr, US

Read the winning haiku in the  "kite" Kukai 



 Editor's Choice

2008 February "love" Haiku Thread

Karina's Choices

John's Choices

Read the "love" haiku thread


Gillena Cox, TT


From The Editor's Desks

Karina Klesko

John Daleiden


Book Fair

Featured Book of the Month


seasons of a hermitess

101 haiku by an'ya” . . .


The Art of Haiku, Gerald England, ed.
Spirit Harvest, Trish Shields
unfinished book, Deborah P. Kolodji
Flowers of Life, Brian Strand
Shorthand of the Heart, Brian Strand
Poiema: Ekphrasis Poems, Brian Strand
Phaneros, A Selection of Lanternes, Brian Strand

Things Just Come Through, Ed Baker
Cobweb, Cristian Mocanu
Watching the Bud of Dream, Rita Odeh
The Language of Sparrows, Andreas Gripp
Like Darwin Among the Gods,
Andreas Gripp
Presence of Mind, Jim Kacian
Oklahoma Heat, Marc Thompson
(C)opyright Sign, Daniela Bullas
Animals are Nature's Poetry, Helen Bar-Lev
Cyclamens And Swords, Helen Bar-Lev
The Haiku Handbook, William J. Higginson
San Francisco Blues, A. D. Winans
whispers from hell, A. D. Winans
Rustle of Bamboo Leaves, Vicgtor P. Gendrano
Coast Lines,
Trish Shields and Katherine Gordon
Fire Pearls, M. Kei, editor
Heron Sea: Short Poems of the Chesapeake Bay, M. Kei
The Poetic Image, Alan Summers and Roger Brown
moments, Gillena Cox
seasons of a hermitess, an'ya




































































































































































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